Regional
8:02 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Industry Report: NM Among Solar Energy Leaders

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A new report says New Mexico is among the nation's leaders in production of electricity from solar power.

The Solar Energy Industry Association says New Mexico ranked fourth nationally last year in photovoltaic solar system installations by residential and commercial customers and utilities. Those projects provided 116 megawatts of power. California, New Jersey and Arizona were ahead of New Mexico.

New Mexico ranked seventh in 2010.

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The Two-Way
7:16 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Top Stories: Tulsa Shooting Suspects Face Charges; Syria Cease-Fire

Originally published on Mon April 9, 2012 9:28 am

Good morning.

Our early headlines:

Tulsa Shooting Suspects Set For Arraignment

Syria Cease-Fire Appears On Brink Of Collapse

Some of the other stories in the news today:

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World Cafe
7:00 am
Mon April 9, 2012

World Cafe Looks Back: '70s Singer-Songwriters

Joni Mitchell strums her guitar outside the Revolution club in London, circa 1968.

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Today's episode of World Cafe revisits the singer-songwriter movement of the 1970s, chronicling some of the decade's most masterful and indelible artists.

In a 2008 interview, the contemplative and politically minded Jackson Browne discusses his love songs, his reaction to the use of "Running on Empty" in a John McCain campaign ad and his beliefs surrounding the battle between nuclear and alternative power sources.

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Opinion
6:47 am
Mon April 9, 2012

The Nation: Treading Dangerous Water With Jobs

People stand in a line that stretched around the block to enter a job fair held at the Jewish Community Center (JCC), on March 21, 2012 in New York City. More than 600 people registered to attend the job fair and meet potential employers.
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George Zornick is a writer for The Nation.

The jobs data released this morning is a clear disappointment: only 120,000 jobs were added, which is less than what analysts predicted and barely enough to keep up with population growth. The unemployment rate went down slightly, to 8.2 percent, but only because the labor force shrank as people stopped looking for work.

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The Two-Way
6:46 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Syria Cease-Fire Appears On Brink Of Collapse

Saying it is "outraged" by reports of Syrian troops firing into a refugee camp across the border in Turkey, the U.S. State Department this afternoon said it strongly condemns the latest actions by the regime of President Bashar Assad and that things are getting worse in that country — not better, as had been hoped for when the regime agreed to a plan for a cease-fire that is supposed to begin Tuesday.

"Based on what we're seeing today, we are not hopeful" about the prospects for a cease-fire, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland added.

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Opinion
6:45 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Weekly Standard: A Disappointing Jobs Report

Job seekers wait in line to enter the San Francisco Hirevent job fair at the Hotel Whitcomb on March 27, 2012 in San Francisco, California. As the national unemployment rate stands at 8.2 percent, job seekers turned out to meet with recruiters at the San Francisco Hirevent job fair where hundreds of jobs were available.
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Irwin M. Stelzer is a writer for The Weekly Standard.

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You Must Read This
5:00 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Cowslips To Kingcups: Finding Joy In The Garden

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Originally published on Tue May 29, 2012 9:37 am

Lauren Groff is the author of the new novel, Arcadia.

The darkest period of my life, so far, arrived the summer I was pregnant with my eldest son. The future was growing in me with all of its terrifying unpredictability, and I found myself anxious, unable to work and woefully at sea.

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Around the Nation
4:56 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Colo. Company Prospers From Doomsday Threats

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Around the Nation
4:39 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Wyoming Town Of 1 Sold At Auction

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Asia
2:00 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Rebels Meet With Opposition, Myanmar's Government

After decades of tight control by the military, Myanmar is opening up. Supporters of Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi campaigned openly during the run-up to the April 1 election, in which her party won 43 of the 45 contested seats.
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Originally published on Mon April 9, 2012 9:00 am

Michael Sullivan made many trips to Myanmar, also known as Burma, when he was NPR's correspondent for Southeast Asia. He recently returned, and found a country changing at a dizzying pace.

I get off the plane and almost immediately feel like I've come to the wrong country. There's a large blue sign at immigration that reads: "Attention journalists covering the by-election: please register at the Media Counter."

"Media Counter"? My kind has never been welcome here.

It's the first surprise in a trip full of them.

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